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Mathematical Time Law Governs Crowd Flow
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Mathematical Time Law Governs Crowd Flow

Walking in crowds means predicting the future.

NCWIT Launches an Online Tool, Developed with Google, for Diversifying Computing Degree Recipients
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NCWIT Launches an Online Tool, Developed with Google, for Diversifying Computing Degree Recipients

A new National Center for Women & Information Technology program encourages development of more inclusive learning environments in computer science courses. 

11 Innovators Receive HPC Excellence Awards
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11 Innovators Receive HPC Excellence Awards

IDC has announced the winners of the eighth round of its HPC Innovation Excellence Award recognizing achievements in high-performance computing.

Intel Turns to Light Beams to Speed Up Supercomputers
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Intel Turns to Light Beams to Speed Up Supercomputers

Intel has developed a technology that uses optical cables and light pulses to move data in supercomputers.

Georgia Tech Professor Proposes Alternative to 'Turing Test'
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Georgia Tech Professor Proposes Alternative to 'Turing Test'

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Mark Riedl has developed a more rigorous way to evaluate the intelligence of a computer than the Turing Test. 

Dartmouth's BRACE—a BRACE-Let to Improve Computer Security
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Dartmouth's BRACE—a BRACE-Let to Improve Computer Security

The Bilateral Recurring Authentication Conducted Effortless system continuously authenticates users while they are using a terminal. 

Creator of the First Computer Database Honored with National Medal
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Creator of the First Computer Database Honored with National Medal

President Obama today presented computer technology pioneer Charles W. Bachman the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Robots Put to Work on E-Waste
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Robots Put to Work on E-Waste

Researchers believe they have automated the process of disassembling liquid crystal display screens for recycling. 

Faculty Research Reveals Software Improving in Ability to Analyze, Score Writing
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Faculty Research Reveals Software Improving in Ability to Analyze, Score Writing

Software for evaluating human writing is improving and expanding in use. 

Rutgers Engineers Create Smartphone App to Cut Risk of Power Outages
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Rutgers Engineers Create Smartphone App to Cut Risk of Power Outages

Rutgers University researchers have developed a smartphone app designed to help engineers respond to widespread power outages. 

Cats and Athletes Teach Robots to Fall
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Cats and Athletes Teach Robots to Fall

Researchers are studying feline and human behavior during falls with the goal of applying its physics to robotic landings. 

Researchers Push Supercomputing's Bleeding Edge With Diverse Applications
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Researchers Push Supercomputing's Bleeding Edge With Diverse Applications

One of five finalists will be awarded ACM's Gordon Bell Prize today at the SC14 high-performance computing conference in New Orleans. 

Apple and Others Encrypt Phones, Fueling Government Standoff
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Apple and Others Encrypt Phones, Fueling Government Standoff

Smartphone makers' use of technology to encrypt their devices has provoked a standoff with the U.S. government, which sees such measures as impeding law enforcement...

Using 3D Printers to Print Out Self-Learning Robots
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Using 3D Printers to Print Out Self-Learning Robots

Researchers at Oslo University are developing self-instructing robots using three-dimensional printers. 

Evolution Software Looks Beyond the Branches
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Evolution Software Looks Beyond the Branches

PhyloNet is an open source Java-based program that accounts for both the horizontal and vertical inheritance of genetic material among genomes. 

Software to Automatically Outline Bones in X-Rays
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Software to Automatically Outline Bones in X-Rays

Researchers at the University of Manchester are developing software that can automatically pick out the shapes of bones in X-rays. 

NTU Engineers Develop Innovative Process to Print Flexible Electronic Circuits
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NTU Engineers Develop Innovative Process to Print Flexible Electronic Circuits

Nanyang Technological University researchers say they have developed a technique to print complex electronic circuits using a common T-shirt printer. 

Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?
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Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?

Cutting-edge research still universally involves Fortran; a trio of challengers wants in.

Supercomputational Thinking at SC14
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Supercomputational Thinking at SC14

Considering how computational scientists have developed supercomputing technologies, and where it is helping take everyone else.

Striving to be Socially Responsible
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Striving to be Socially Responsible

Electronics manufacturers are taking their social and environmental responsibilities ever more seriously.
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